As mandated by KRS 158.6453, all of Kentucky’s public school juniors participate in the ACT, which assesses English, reading, mathematics and science and is scored on a scale of 1 to 36. The cost of the exam is paid for by state funds. In spring 2009, 43,511 public school juniors took the ACT.
KRS 158.6453 mandates that Kentucky’s public school students participate in the Educational Planning and Assessment System (EPAS) from ACT. The state assesses public school 8th graders using the EXPLORE test, public school 10th graders with the PLAN test and public school 11th graders through the ACT.
Senate Bill 1, passed in the 2009 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, mandates that ACT results be included in school and district accountability results in the 2011-12 school year.
ACT provides information about high school students who take recommended core courses, which include four years of English, three mathematics courses, three social studies courses and three science courses over the four years of high school. Students who indicate that they are taking the core courses or more generally score at higher levels on the ACT.
2009 KENTUCKY JUNIORS’ COURSE-TAKING PATTERNS/ACT COMPOSITE SCORES
ACT developed College Readiness Benchmarks in English, mathematics, science and reading, with research indicating that students who reach those have a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75 percent chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing college course. The benchmark scores are:
§ 18 or higher on the ACT English Test
§ 22 or higher on the ACT Mathematics Test
§ 21 or higher on the ACT Reading Test
§ 24 or higher on the ACT Science Test
For the Kentucky public school juniors who took the ACT assessment in 2008 and 2009:
SOURCE: KDE press release